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SC Department of Juvenile Justice Reviews

Updated January 17, 2018
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  1. "Juvenile Probation Officer"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    Good work environment and great benefits.

    Cons

    Low starting pay, No Bonuses, No raises, Not a lot of room for advancement.


  2. "Not for everyone. Even if you excel in other areas of law enforcement."

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    Former Employee - Correctional Officer
    Former Employee - Correctional Officer
    Doesn't Recommend

    I worked at SC Department of Juvenile Justice full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Free food (it's what the juveniles eat)
    Very stable job that's hard to get fired from
    Great place to start and learn if you're interested in law enforcement.
    You'll learn a lot while working here

    Cons

    Bad pay that's not changing anytime soon

    Department and most facilities are not prepared and could not handle a major/violent disturbance

    the juveniles. Most are involved in gangs and will fight/disrespect staff

    Officers/specialists have nothing but their hands and voice on the job. Most officers will end up having to yell/curse at the juveniles to control them.

    There's a possibility that you could be assaulted on the job by a juvenile and have to deal with that same juvenile in the pod days later after he's out of lockup. (Department's scared to admit that these juveniles are dangerous and need to be kept in lockup for longer than a day or two)

    Not enough officers to run any facility and they're still trying to expand facilities

    9/10 you're gonna have to manage an entire pod/unit alone. Even if the unit is known for having the worst and most violent juveniles

    Getting a white shirt and becoming a supervisor means you get to sit back and never have to enter a pod/unit to assist until the shift gets too short.

    Intimidation is about the only thing you can use to control the juveniles.

    Terrible training. Most of it is just so that the department can avoid law suits.

    There's very little organization to control and diffuse fights and disturbances.

    Advice to Management

    Increased pay for the officers. Especially for the ones at BRRC. The department needs officers and it's getting hard to sell a terrible job with a 28K salary when you could just work on the road or in a county jail.

    Better training for the officers that actually works and is useful.

    Understand that these juveniles are dangerous and can seriously hurt or even kill you. Some need to be placed in a more secure facility and not with some 13 year olds in for not going to school.

    Create dorm rooms/cells that are more secured. It's hard to put a dorm on lock down when all of the juveniles live in a room with no door or a door that can't be locked.

    Either give the facility supervisors more freedom to control their facilities or create better facilities and policies to control these juveniles.

  3. "Current employee"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at SC Department of Juvenile Justice full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    I enjoy working with SC DJJ, I have had the opportunity to meet and work with great people. I enjoy with with our youth, although I understand I will not make a differnece in every life.

    Cons

    This job can be emotionally draining. People dont stay for the pay.


  4. "Decent Job"

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    Current Employee - Juvenile Correctional Officer
    Current Employee - Juvenile Correctional Officer
    Recommends

    I have been working at SC Department of Juvenile Justice full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Decent pay, especially for one who is coming directly out of college or beginning their first full time job

    Cons

    Shortage of staff to high number of juveniles

    Advice to Management

    Need more officers


  5. "Secure employment to retire from"

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    Former Employee - Project Manager in Columbia, SC
    Former Employee - Project Manager in Columbia, SC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at SC Department of Juvenile Justice full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Many days of paid leave. Between comp time, holidays, sick leave and annual leave.
    Pensions are still available. Usually slow paced.

    Cons

    Possibility of violence due to working around delinquent juveniles.
    Minimal pay raises, usually only with promotions.


  6. "Jco"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at SC Department of Juvenile Justice full-time

    Pros

    Great benefits and pay. Officers very attentive and always on que.

    Cons

    The juveniles make you want to pull your hair out. Very disrespectful

    Advice to Management

    None


  7. "Could be better"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    The state holidays are great.

    Cons

    The pay and benefits. Feeling unappreciated and overworked.

  8. "Hard job, but can be done with determination"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at SC Department of Juvenile Justice full-time

    Pros

    Pay is better now days
    Good benefits
    Consistent work schedule

    Cons

    Working with juveniles can be stressful
    Working 12 hour shifts can tire you out


  9. "DJJ"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Working with youth, Changing lives. Great benefits and Paid Time Off

    Cons

    The pay is not competitive at all. No raises or real job growth opportunities.


  10. "Not safe."

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    Great benefits and retirement package.

    Cons

    No meal breaks, juveniles run the facility. Most staff are intimidated, and cower to the juveniles.

    Advice to Management

    A change in training methods, and discipline between staff and inmates.


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